Joe Biden: I’ve never been ‘middle of the road’ on the environment

May 14, 2019 GMT

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Tuesday defended his record on environmental issues, after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York had implicitly rebuked him a day earlier.

“You never heard me say ‘middle of the road.’ I’ve never been middle-of-the-road on the environment,” Mr. Biden said at a campaign stop in New Hampshire.

“Tell her to check the statements that I made and look at my record. She’ll find that nobody [has] been more consistent about taking on the environment and a green revolution than I have,” he said.

At an event Monday evening, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, a leading figure on the left, said she couldn’t abide politicians who refused to act in the past coming back to advocate a “middle of the road” approach on environmental issues.


A Reuters report last week suggested Mr. Biden was aiming for a “middle ground” on the issue, though the former vice president has been trying to clean things up since then.

He said he thinks his to-be-released plan on the environment will be enough for liberals who are calling for the far-reaching “Green New Deal” pushed by Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and others to cut carbon emissions.

“It’s a long campaign, and everybody should just calm down a little bit,” he said. “There’s much more to do. We do need a green revolution.”